By Alexis McClain – February 7, 2018
Three student council members, Javin Bowman, Maddie Young, and Georgia Hilburn, received an award at this year’s Louisiana Association of Student Council Convention, also known as LASC.
“If you’re asking what LASC is, it’s indescribable, it’s something you have to just come be a part of but if I could sum it up in one word, it would be family,” Javin Bowman said.
Georgia Hilburn, a junior and a member of the student council, was chosen to be BESE Student Advisor after going through an application, essay, and interview process.
“It’s the same position Javin held last year,” Georgia Hilburn said. “But it’s the first time one school has ever held it for two consecutive years.”
To be able to receive this opportunity, Hilburn had to reach certain requirements like, being a member of the student council, attending student council workshop and convention, etc, and the position comes with a responsibility.
“Basically, though I do not hold a vote, I attend BESE meetings in Baton Rouge and represent all public school elementary through high school students in LA. 4,” Hilburn said.
Javin Bowman and Maddie Young also received the Dale Hawley Leadership award at the LASC Convention.
“It is the highest award given for student council leadership in the nation,” Bowman said.
To receive this award certain requirements also had to take place.
“Our state executive director picks us and it is who he thinks leads not just in their schools but also in their communities and state,” Maddie Young said. “Our award also has to be signed off on by the national association of student councils executive director.”
The person who decided who received the award is Mr. Phil, the Louisiana Student Council Executive Director, Young said.
“Mr. Phil, our Executive Director, chooses who he thinks embodies a model leader, like Dale Hawley whom the award is named after,” Young said.
To each of these three students, LASC plays a very important role in their growth as a leader and their lives.
“LASC has shown me what genuine people look like because nobody judges anyone else at LASC,” Young said. “We’ve all come from somewhere different and each and every story is beautiful. On top of that, it has helped bring me out of my shell. The person I am at LASC and other student Council conferences and activities is different than the person I am at school. It’s the truest version of myself and LASC has helped me discover that.”
This year Captain Shreve hosted the Convention. The last time Shreve hosted was when the seniors now were freshman, which made this LASC more significant to them.
“I absolutely love hosting,” Bowman said. “I did it as a freshman and what better way to end it all by doing [it] again my senior year. That was a joy. I would do it all over again if I could.”
A lot of things take place at a Convention, but the election of the state officers is the most important thing. Hilburn talked about how LASC has played a part in her life.
“I have never been with a more inclusive, empowering, and encouraging group of kids,” Hilburn said. “There was not a single person at my first conference who didn’t want to be there.”
Leadership is a key component of the Convention.
“It gives the power to the next generation,” Bowman said. “And teaches them how to lead and lead effectively. This organization is so helpful in all fields and realms and student council is the backbone of many schools. It’s how the student boy is heard, it’s how the leaders are made.”
Georgia Hilburn poses with her BESE opponent Hannah Berry from Byrd – Photo courtesy of Georgia Hilburn